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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

CD Review: Beat Funktion - Moon Town.

Carl Olandersson (tpt); Olle Thunstrom (ten); Daniel Lantz (keys); Johan Oijen (gtr); Pal Johnson (bs); Jon Erickssen (dms) + strings, Latin percussion.
(Review by Lance)
Swedish jazz funk. The concept is, telling the dark tale of a fictitious sci-fi city oozing with criminality, suspenseful action, drizzling rain and surreal inhabitants - sci-fi? sounds like Newcastle to me!
The solos are good and the rhythms infectious. A sort of jazzified Saturday Night Fever but with subtlety (here and there.)
Woman in Neon has a nice 3/4 theme although a heavenly choir edges it towards the Smooth Jazz genre. 125th Street and 7th Avenue brings us back to funkdom with Thunstrom's well constructed tenor blast and Lantz's punchy organ sound. Lantz has City Lights more or less to himself and the explorative acoustic piano solo is the moment to take off your dancing shoes and relax in some secluded alcove with the guy/girl you're making out with on the dance floor. Mastermind is Miles as heard through the ears of Olandersson with more impressive tenor from Thunstrom. These Swedish jazzmen had it back in the 50's and I guess the new generation still have - the original mastermind, Lars Gullin, would be proud of them. Thunstrom's Great Escape has us racing through the streets - perhaps her husband has turned up or maybe the gelignite didn't blow the safe! Moon Town is a good old rocker. Impressions turns the Coltrane classic into a slow funk. Sacrilege?  They've done much worse to Tschaikovsky over the years! I like it. The finale, Driver's Seat, brings the angelic voices back but Olandersson sends them packing with a fiery burst that tells them that he is in the driver's seat! They return, however, for the home straight and it helps round off an album I intended to dismiss in a couple of paragraphs but became more and more hooked
This isn't a CD to sit down and listen to too intently. It's a one to appreciate with your body. A disc to do the Turkey Trot to - or should that read the Funky Chicken? - or whatever fowl things they got up to in 70's discos.
Beat Funktion - Moon Town hit the streets on May 21.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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